Tag Archives: 1980s

Prick Up Your Ears (1987) Stephen Frears, Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it’s fairly obvious that it’s not all about sex. Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn’t fare so well in those environs. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame – his plays “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and “Loot” become huge hits in London of the sixties, and he’s even commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles. But Orton’s success takes him farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and the life of the up-and-coming playwright.
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Emmanuelle in Soho (1981) David Hughes, Ray Selfe, Angie Quick, Julie Lee, John M. East, Drama, Erotic

Emmanuelle in Soho 1981
The first portion of this film is a documentary on the adults-only entertainment industry prevelent in London’s Soho District. The second details the trials and tribulations of a struggling photographer, his unsatisfied wife, and their friend Emmanuelle, as they try to make it big in Soho. They decide their ticket to success will come by blackmailing a wealthy adult film tycoon.
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Garçon! / Waiter! (1983) Claude Sautet, Yves Montand, Nicole Garcia, Jacques Villeret, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Garcon! (1983)
After a life of emotional and professional upsets, Alex finds himself headwaiter in a chic Parisian restaurant. Well into middle age, divorced but still very much a ladies’ man, he has one great ambition: to open an amusement park by the sea. One day, an old flame, Claire, suddenly re-enters his life. For Alex, the fires of love are easily re-kindled, but Claire has another man in her life…
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Intoarcerea din iad / Return from Hell (1983) Nicolae Margineanu, Constantin Brînzea, Maria Ploae, Remus Margineanu, Drama

Intoarcerea din iad (1983)
A peasant returns to his village as a rich man. Here he finds that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, even though she is now married to another man. Trying to get rid of these feelings, he gets married to another girl who is madly in love with him. This only makes things harder for him and pushes him to have an affair. The break of the first world war puts him next to the cheated husband and they soon find out that their lives might depend on the other man. Will they be able to put everything aside in order to survive, or will they be consumed by their hatred for each other?
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Jian dong xiao xiong / Hong Kong Godfather (1985) Lung Wei Wang, Ka-Yan Leung, Norman Chu, Shu-Yuan Hsu, Action, Thriller

Jian dong xiao xiong (1985)
After receiving a life imprisonment sentence for a NY Chinatown massacre, Jia Shi Lan, alias Hei Lan, obtains a pardon through the Mafia’s influence. Returning to Hong Kong, Hei Lan attempts to use the stature and fortitude of Brother Han, an elder, but good-natured underworld boss, to gain power and spread the Mafia’s influence throughout Southeast Asia. After a deadly double cross leaves many of Han’s society dead, two former members, one a cop, the other a florist, and the sole remaining loyalist join forces to bring down the criminal empire of Hei Lan.
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